So today was to mark the end of all existence and life as we know it. Well in the words of Micheal Stipe of REM “it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.” The predictions of the apocalypse made by the Mayans between 250AD and 900AD have proved incorrect and we are all still standing (well sitting actually). Many never believed the interpretation of the Mayan text, whilst many state that it simply meant it was the end of one cycle and there was never to be an end.
Whether or not you buy into the whole theory it gets you thinking about how things we do today will be viewed in hundreds of years time. The clock in the bottom right hand corner of the computer I write this from for example, try as I might I cannot get it to show a date further back than midnight on the 1st of January 1980. We know now that this is simply because to enter every possible date would be an exercise in futility. In years to come though will some scholar unearth an old PC and take this meaningless fact out of context, and assume this date held a significance greater than coincidence. Will the fact that there are records of precautions for the Millennium bug be taken to mean that this no-show actually happened. Or is the rise of the Internet age the end of miss-communication? To quote The Social Network, “the internet is written in ink”. Will history be documented finally in a way that can be read accurately, or will the world wide web one day be as incomprehensible as writings on stone tablets are today. Only time will tell, but for now go on to live another day and know the end is not as nigh as they say. The Mayans didn’t get it all wrong though. They did invent chocolate after all!